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Goldendoodle Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Goldendoodle so you can get to know the breed more.

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OriginUnited States flagUnited States Canada flagCanada
Other Names
What other names does the Goldendoodle have?
Curly RetrieverGoldenpooCurly Golden
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Cross Breed Golden Retriever and Poodle mix.

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Goldendoodle Size and Weight

Is a Goldendoodle small, medium or large dog?

How big do Goldendoodle get?

What is the average size of a Goldendoodle?

How much does the Goldendoodle weigh? How much should a Goldendoodle weight? What is the normal weight of a Goldendoodle? How much does a full-grown Goldendoodle weight?
Miniature: 15-30 pounds (7-14 kg)Standard: 45-100 pounds (20-45 kg), Medium: 30-45 pounds (14-20 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of a Goldendoodle?
Miniature: 22.5 pounds (10.5 kg)Standard: 72.5 pounds (32.5 kg), Medium: 37.5 pounds (17 kg)
How tall is the Goldendoodle? Goldendoodle height:
13-24 inches (33-61 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of a Goldendoodle?
18.5 inches (47 cm)

Goldendoodle Price and Availability

How much does the Goldendoodle puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of a Goldendoodle in the United States? How much money is a Goldendoodle?

Where to buy a Goldendoodle with a good pedigree?

If you choose to purchase the Goldendoodle, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Goldendoodle for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Goldendoodle gets to a happy place.
How easy is it to get a Goldendoodle? How many Goldendoodle are there in the world?
Rare: You may rarely see each other in everyday life, but you might catch a glimpse of each other at dog shows.

There are very few of them, and there have been times when they have almost drifted to the brink of extinction, so few are left.

Goldendoodle Trainability and Intelligence

Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Goldendoodle? Is the Goldendoodle breed dumb or smart?
Average: It takes patience to teach this breed any tricks or commands, but the effort is worth it. They understand and remember new commands after an average of 25-40 repetitions.

The Goldendoodle ranks average in the intelligence ranking of dogs.

Are Goldendoodle dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training? How hard is it to train a Goldendoodle?
Goldendoodle dogs are very easy to train. They easily find out the association between commands and actions.
Watchdog Ability
Is Goldendoodle good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Goldendoodle dogs are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but observation isn't considered their main job.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Goldendoodle dogs have aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Goldendoodle dogs are not the best to protect their territory. Better to have the protection of your house and property supervised by others.

Goldendoodle Personality and Temperament

What kind of personality does the Goldendoodle have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Goldendoodle sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Goldendoodle dogs don't tolerate irregular daily routines, noisy households, and frequent guest visits really well.

They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions.

Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Is a Goldendoodle a good family dog?
High: Goldendoodle dogs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving, and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and are considered great therapy dogs for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Curly Retriever need? Goldendoodle social needs:
Goldendoodle dogs need for social interaction is average. This breed likes being around people or other animals, but they don't mind being left alone for a few hours either.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Goldendoodle to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Goldendoodle roam?
Goldendoodle dogs have average wanderlust potential. Sometimes they like to explore the world and they might escape once or twice, but usually, they prefer staying safely at home. Safer to teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Goldendoodle have high prey drive?
Goldendoodle dogs have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.

Goldendoodle Activity and Playfulness

How playful is this breed?
The Goldendoodle is a playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Do Goldendoodle dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Curly Retriever bark?
Average: The Goldendoodle barks occasionally. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and the same barks could have different meanings.

Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention-seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.

Apartment Friendly
Is Goldendoodle good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat? Can you have a Goldendoodle in an apartment?
Very house-friendly dog the Goldendoodle breed. It's good if you have a small garden where he can go out and do his business, but it's not important at all. You can get enough exercise with one or two walks a day, so keeping them indoors shouldn't be a problem.

Goldendoodle Adaptability and Independence

Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Goldendoodle dogs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
How long can a Goldendoodle be left alone? How long can you leave a Goldendoodle alone?
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner. With proper socialization and quality time with the dog can solve this problem.

Goldendoodle Bite Characteristics

Bite Force PSI
Does the Goldendoodle has a hard bite? What is the bite force of a Goldendoodle? How much bite force does a Goldendoodle have? How strong is a Goldendoodle bite?

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Goldendoodle bite force: Ordinary. Bite force Goldendoodle measurements typically fall within the range of 200 to 400 PSI. The bite force of a Goldendoodle is considered ordinary when compared to other dog breeds, but it is still quite powerful. This Goldendoodle bite force PSI can cause bite wounds. Goldendoodle bite PSI is not something that should be feared if the dog is well-trained and managed. To avoid any issues, it's essential to learn how to train a Goldendoodle puppy not to bite from an early age.

The Goldendoodle, and many others, have a fearsome presence because they have significant jaw strength, so it is important not to anger the dog and have it around strangers until it is fully trained.

However, they are usually quite calm and good companions, they work well in families and are easy to care for.

In conclusion, while the Goldendoodle bite force is certainly an interesting aspect of the breed, it is important not to let it overshadow the many other reasons why these dogs are so loved and respected. With proper training and socialization, a Goldendoodle can be a loyal and protective companion for your family.

Biting Potential
Do Goldendoodle bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Curly Retriever? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Goldendoodle? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The Goldendoodle has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Goldendoodle do?
Goldendoodle dogs have a lower than average tendency to nip, chew, playbite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Goldendoodle dogs need to be taught a good attitude.

Goldendoodle Health and Lifespan

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Goldendoodle dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
Goldendoodles are commonly healthy dogs. Vet costs aren't expensive with this breed.
Health Problems
What genetic/health problems does the Goldendoodle breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Goldendoodle breed? Most common health risks of Goldendoodle:
Cataracts Hip Dysplasia AllergiesProgressive retinal atrophy (PRA)Von Willebrand's DiseaseBloatAddison's DiseaseSubvalvular Aortic Stenosis
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Goldendoodle breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Goldendoodle see the vet?
The Goldendoodle should have a complete physical check-up at least every 12-18 months (but preferably once per year). If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Goldendoodle dogs live? How old can a Goldendoodle be? What is the age limit of the Goldendoodle? How many years can the oldest Goldendoodle live?

What is the average life expectancy / lifespan of a Goldendoodle?

How long is the lifespan of a Goldendoodle?

9-15 years
The average lifespan of Goldendoodle: 12 years
Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Tolerates warm and cold weather
Dogs that tolerate hot and cold weather are typically those that have a double coat of fur. Dogs with a double coat of fur have a layer of fur that insulates their skin and helps protect them from the cold and the heat.

Goldendoodle Energy and Activity

Energy Level
How much energy does the Goldendoodle have? What is the activity level of the Goldendoodle?
Goldendoodle dogs have a higher energy level than other dog breeds. If you want a dog for snuggling on the couch, this breed isn't the perfect choice for you.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much exercise does a Goldendoodle need? How much exercise do Goldendoodle dogs require per day?

Do Goldendoodle dogs need a lot of exercises?

Goldendoodle dogs need quite a lot of exercise. Daily walks should be on schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does the Goldendoodle breed need?
Goldendoodle dogs are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend too much time with sleeping. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.

Goldendoodle Diet and Weight Management

Average daily food consumption
How much food does a Goldendoodle need? What dog products should I buy? How much food does a Goldendoodle breed eat per day? What is good dog food for Goldendoodle? How much food should I feed my Goldendoodle?
1.5 to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two or three meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Goldendoodle risk for obesity:
Average: The Goldendoodle has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding.

If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Goldendoodle weight regularly.

Goldendoodle Allergies and Grooming

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Goldendoodle have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
What color is the breed's coat? What color are proper Goldendoodle coats?
BlackGray Red White BrownYellow
How to groom the Goldendoodle and how often? How often should I take my Goldendoodle to the groomer?
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition. The Goldendoodle requires grooming on a daily basis.

Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer is essential. Everyday brushing of the dog's coat is necessary to reduce shedding.

Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath should be on a weekly schedule.

Taking good care of your Goldendoodle is time-consuming and requires excellent grooming skills. If you don't have the time and skill search for the best dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment.

Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk-in dog bath places nearby.
Shedding Level
How much do Goldendoodle dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Curly Retriever? Do Goldendoodle dogs shed a lot?
Goldendoodle dogs shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Goldendoodle need a bath? How often should you give a Goldendoodle a bath? Can I bathe my Goldendoodle every day?
3-4 weeks
More often than average. These dog coats tend to be longer, softer, and oilier than short-haired breeds. While a good bath every now and then is a great way to keep your buddy from becoming overly smelly, be mindful about overbathing.

Bathing will wash away your dog’s natural oils, while a simple brushing every few days should keep them clean.

Is the Goldendoodle breed hypoallergenic?
Goldendoodle dogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reactions. Some dog breeds are even considered to higher possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?

Low 🔽

The Goldendoodle has a low chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling Tendency
Does the Goldendoodle drool?
The Goldendoodle is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Goldendoodle could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimum compared to others, just like the Goldendoodle.

If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Goldendoodle Good With

Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Goldendoodle dogs get along with other pets? Are Goldendoodle dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Goldendoodle dogs are usually friendly towards other pets.
Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Goldendoodle temperament with other people:
Goldendoodle dogs are very stranger-friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Goldendoodle dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Goldendoodle temperament with children:
Goldendoodle dogs are very kid-friendly dogs. This breed enjoys being surrounded by children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Goldendoodle dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats? Can the Goldendoodle breed live with a cat?
Goldendoodle dogs are cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Goldendoodle good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Goldendoodle dogs get along with other dogs?
Goldendoodle dogs are very dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Goldendoodle can be a great choice.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Goldendoodle breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners? Is Goldendoodle breed suitable for first-time owners?
Goldendoodle dogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Are Goldendoodle dogs good office canines? Do Goldendoodle dogs make good office-friendly pets? Can they be office dogs?
Goldendoodle is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Goldendoodle dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Curly Retriever temperament with senior people? Are Goldendoodle dogs good for elderly owners?
Goldendoodles are one of the best breeds for elderly people.

Goldendoodle As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Goldendoodle be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act).

Goldendoodle is not the best breed for service purposes.

Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Goldendoodle be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Goldendoodle be an emotional support animal?

Not really

This breed is generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and people with anxiety disorders or autism.

Goldendoodle is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.

Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Goldendoodle be a sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.

Goldendoodle is not the best breed for detection purposes.

Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Goldendoodle be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people.

The Goldendoodle is not the best breed for SAR purposes.

Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Goldendoodle be a boat dog?

Not really

Goldendoodle breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Goldendoodle be a drafting dog?

Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination.

Goldendoodle is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Goldendoodle dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Goldendoodle Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long is a Goldendoodle pregnant?How long does it take to have puppies? How to tell if the Goldendoodle breed is pregnant?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Goldendoodle: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days.

During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge.

The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days.

The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color.

The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating.

The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.

Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Goldendoodle have in a litter? How many puppies can the Goldendoodle breed have for the first time? How many puppies does a Goldendoodle have? How many puppies can a Goldendoodle give birth to?
4-8 puppies

Goldendoodle Recognition

AKC Group
Is Goldendoodle recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Goldendoodle recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Goldendoodle breed?
Dog Registry of America Inc.American Canine Hybrid ClubDesigner Breed RegistryDesigner Dogs Kennel ClubInternational Designer Canine Registry

Goldendoodle Pros and Cons

  • Trainability: Goldendoodle dogs are very easy to train.
  • Health Issues: Goldendoodles are commonly healthy dogs.
  • Apartment Friendly: Very house-friendly dog the Goldendoodle breed.
  • Drooling Tendency: The Goldendoodle is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
  • Stinkiness: The Goldendoodle has a low chance of bad smell.
  • Mouthiness: Goldendoodle dogs have a lower than average tendency to nip, chew, playbite, or herd people.
  • Adaptability: Goldendoodle dogs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Goldendoodle dogs are very kid-friendly dogs.
  • Cat Friendly: Goldendoodle dogs are cat-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Goldendoodle dogs are very dog-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Goldendoodles are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Goldendoodle dogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
  • Hypoallergenic: Goldendoodle dogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reactions.
  • Grooming: Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
  • Office Friendly: Goldendoodle is not the best dog breed for office environment.

Goldendoodle History

The original Goldendoodle is a hybrid cross between a Golden Retriever and a Poodle. The exact date of conception is unknown but it is thought they were first bred in the 1960s. This breed originated in Australia and North America during the 1990s and was bred in hopes of creating a guide dog that was suitable for people with allergies. Combining the gentleness and trainability of a golden retriever with the low-shedding, hypoallergenic coat of the standard poodle was the perfect combination. The idea was also inspired by the breeding of the Labradoodle, a Poodle and a Labrador Retriever hybrid, which fall out in the late 1990s. Others believe that the Goldendoodle was developed in order to correct the issues that were found in the Australian Labradoodle.

As the breed became more and more popular, it was a smashing success, requests for different sizes and colors became common. Today there are four categories for sizes including petite, mini, medium, and standards and they also come in a variety of colors and coat patterns. However to be able to fully understand this breed we need to look at the history of both parents.

As we already know, the Poodle is famous for its low-shedding coat and this is one of the reasons why this breed is so often crossed. Its origins can be traced back to ancient times and it is thought that they were first bred in Germany. Some people also believe that the word ‘Poodle’ comes from the German word “puddle” meaning to splash in the water. In the meantime, the Poodle became quite famous, especially in France, like a duck hunting dog. However, throughout history, this breed has been used for many other jobs besides hunting, for example in circus, court, and companion dog for the rich and also for rescue.

On the other hand, the Golden Retriever was developed in Scotland, at the highland estate of Sir Dudley Majoribanks, also known as Lord Tweedmouth, during the mid-19th century. According to researchers Sir Dudly had a yellow coated retriever, Nous, who then he bred to a Tweed Water Spaniel by the name of Belle, and four beautiful golden puppies were born. He wanted a dog who was excellent for hunting but with a gentle and sweet temperament. However when the Golden Retrievers were first registered at a kennel club, they were being called ‘Golden Flat-Coats, and their name was only changed in 1911. They quickly gained popularity in the USA as well.

Both parents score in the top 5 of the smartest breed, so they passed on excellent genes to their offspring. The Goldendoodle is an extremely social, outgoing, and non-aggressive dogs. They are the perfect candidates for service work as well as family pets.

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Goldendoodle Comments, Reviews and Questions

  • Richard

    Jan 9, 2022, 12:36:15 PM:

    Perfect! I can't imagine a sweeter better dog. They both went to work with me and nearly everywhere else I went. People adore them wherever they go. Super smart and well behaved and neither shed at all.

  • Zen

    Nov 14, 2021, 3:59:25 PM:

    My ‘love bug’.. she’s the absolute best companion ever! She’s super smart, affectionate and loyal.

  • Goldendoodle Owner

    May 10, 2021, 2:18:34 AM:

    My puppy is awesome, except for the fact that she play-bites a bit. Otherwise, she is perfect!

  • Doodle

    Dec 20, 2020, 4:42:24 PM:

    Good dogs, but a bit overrated.

  • Sara

    Dec 17, 2020, 4:22:08 PM:

    My puppy does not drool at all, and she rarely barks. She is a F1B but not hypoalergenic. She is great with kids.

  • H

    Oct 28, 2020, 5:56:44 PM:

    Great with children.

  • Kseniya

    May 14, 2020, 5:53:22 PM:

    Very sweet and playful. Best companion dog and very easy to train. Very gentle with other dogs and rarely barks.